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Pitcher Sean Newcomb apologizes for homophobic and racist tweets

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In another case of a baseball sports star having to apologize for tweets he made in his youth, Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb left Twitter because of the many homophobic and racist things he wrote on social media that recently came to light.

Newcomb, 25, was only 18 when he posted the offensive content to his feed. He mostly used a homophobic slur when tagging his friends. 

On Sunday after his game with the Dodgers, Newcomb spoke with reporters offering an apology, “This is something that obviously can’t be happening. I feel bad about it. I don’t mean to offend anybody. I definitely regret it.”

He said he meant nothing by them and, “I didn’t mean to offend anybody and I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

He adds:  “I definitely regret it, for sure. I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material,” Newcomb said. “It was a long time ago, six or seven years ago, saying some stupid stuff with friends. I know I’ve grown a lot since then. I didn’t mean anything by it. It was just something stupid I did a long time ago and I didn’t mean anything by it, for sure.”

According to Towleroad, The Braves also released a statement:

“We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today’s game and have spoken to Sean who is incredibly remorseful. Regardless of how long ago he posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and is taking full responsibility. We find the tweets hurtful and incredibly disappointing and even though he was 18 or 19 years old when posted, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable. We will work together with Sean towards mending the wounds created in our community.”

This news comes on the heels of another Major Baseball League athlete, Josh Hader, who was also brought to task last for similar behavior. 

There is no word on what type of discipline Newcomb will face if any. Hader must attend sensitivity training and other programs which teach inclusiveness.